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Alderman Demands Wall of Green Facing Lake Shore Drive

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When Related Midwest unveiled Solomon Cordwell Buenz's design for the proposed apartment tower at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive, reactions were decidedly mixed. Ald. Brendan Reilly chose to focus on that big parking garage, demanding that Related and SCB go back to the drawing board and return with a green screen on the garage. Here's what he wrote in a recent newsletter:

"Because I know Streeterville residents are deeply committed to sustainability and the continued 'greening' of the neighborhood – I directed the architect and development team to incorporate creative “green elements” into the design of the base. To address concerns related to the eastern elevation of the proposed structure (facing Lake Shore Drive), I insisted that roughly one-third of that elevation be furnished with an all-season green wall (that survives 12 months a year) and complemented by planted mature trees."Related agreed to those terms, and came up with this new design. But will it satisfy the aesthetic-minded alderman? We'll have to wait and see. Reilly asked that the proposal be pulled from the May 19th Plan Commission agenda.
· Alderman Reilly "directs" redesign of 500 Lake Shore Drive [YoChicago]
· Reactions to Related's Plans for Streeterville High-Rise Mixed [Curbed Chicago]